D E S I G N - B U I L D

SERVICES

Design Concept & Development

Programming & Space Planning

Design Drawings

Visualization Aids

Material & Finish Selection

Colour & Pattern Coordination

Custom Millwork Design

Plumbing Fixture Specification

Lighting Fixture Specification

Furniture & Decor Procurement

DESIGN PROCESS

CONSULTATION

PROGRAMMING

DESIGN + PLANNING

CONSTRUCTION + DEVELOPMENT

COMPLETION

CONSULTATION

CONSTRUCTION + DEVELOPMENT

An initial meeting of all relevant parties to get a sense of the client’s expectations. Scale, scope, budget, timeline, and ideal outcome are all discussed to see if the relationship is a good fit, mutually. 

PROGRAMMING

A meeting between the client and designer to further discuss and explore wants and needs of the space, lifestyle considerations, aesthetic preferences, and set an overall tone and character for the project. This stage helps create a strong, unified, and grounded concept to draw from and is key to the overall outcome.

DESIGN + PLANNING

Design - the overall space planning, style and character, and pivotal design details of the project begin to take form in floorplans, elevations, rough 3-dimensional mock-ups, and a material palette. This phase takes time and is highly collaborative between the client and designer.

Planning – as the design develops and solidifies, the contractor can more formally begin to plan a build schedule, prepare the site, and consult on design decisions. This allows the process to unfold rather seamlessly, keeping the project on time, on budget, and with the overall design vision firmly in mind.

As the construction of the project progresses, regular site visits and consistent communication between the site supervisor, designer, and the client allow for a fluid and efficient decision-making process. While there are always adjustments that need to be made on-site, this open, collaborative approach keeps everyone on the same page and targeting the same goals to ensure that the result is a carefully considered and beautifully crafted space.

COMPLETION

As the project comes to an end, the client will receive a package of care and maintenance information for all applicable materials, fixtures, and installations. A final walk through will allow for the development of a deficiencies list which the contractor will arrange. A post-construction follow-up with the designer will be scheduled some time after completion to touch base and get feedback from the client regarding the project, the space, and the overall experience. the client allow for a fluid and efficient decision-making process. While there are always adjustments that need to be made on-site, this open, collaborative approach keeps everyone on the same page and targeting the same goals to ensure that the result is a carefully considered and beautifully crafted space.

WHY USE A DESIGNER?

Designers are trained to meticulously analyze the built environment.

They can visualize an overall project from conception to completion, enabling them to create innovative solutions to design challenges. Their thorough understanding of the built environment means that they can effectively communicate proposed design solutions to both the client and to industry professionals. This means that clients are given a realistic expectation of what their space could look like, and the individual or team responsible for building, installing, and finishing the space has a clear understanding of what is intended.

 

Designers save clients stress, time and money.

In dealing with any construction project, the number of decisions and selections that need to be made can feel overwhelming. A designer is an expert in their field and can streamline the decision-making process. By filtering through the multitude of materials and finishes available, and by presenting only a few of the best options, the client can rest assured that they are only looking at choices which reflect the character of the project and fall within the budget.

 

Designers help their clients navigate the design process.

While a designer's talent and expertise can  be valuable assets to any project, clients should always feel comfortable and able to freely voice their opinion on all decisions. It is important for the relationship between a client and their designer to be both collaborative and cooperative. The success of every project hinges on trust, confidence, and open communication between both parties. Ultimately, the goal for both client and designer is to make their joint vision a reality.

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